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Sewing Voices: The Labor We Wear Reception
February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WORDS@WORK – A celebration of the literary arts featuring artists who use text in unusual ways.
Sewing Voices: The Labor We Wear
featuring work by Rachel Breen and Alison Morse
Join us for this opening gallery exhibit reception that will feature Poetry Readings by Alison Morse, with special guest readers beginning at 7 pm.
Sewing Voices: The Labor We Wear is an image and text-based examination of two garment factory disasters: the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City (1911) and the collapse of garment factories inside Rana Plaza in Bangladesh (2013). By presenting evocative mixed-media work incorporating text, clothes, poems, sewing, sound pieces, drawings and performances, this exhibition encourages contemplation about our historic and present day relationship with the people who make the clothes we wear. The exhibit will evolve over time with visual artist Rachel Breen and poet Alison Morse creating a large scale drawing-poem that responds to these disasters.
Rachel Breen has exhibited widely throughout the metro area and across the US. She has been awarded three Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and is a professor of art at Anoka Ramsey Community College where she teaches painting and drawing. Rachel uses non-traditional materials and exhibition spaces, exploring social concerns and community engagement through drawing, installation and performance.
Alison Morse’s poems and prose have been published widely in literary journals, magazines and anthologies. Her story, “The Truth About ‘The Lead Plates at the Romm Press,’” won a Tiferet Fiction Award. She is also the author of If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head (Red Bird Chapbooks), a collection of very short stories. Alison comes from a family of NYC garment workers.
Sewing Voices: The Labor We Wear is part of a larger project, The Price of Our Clothes. This project was developed with funding from Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and the Brin Jewish Arts Endowment.